Make your Web searches more efficient, more enjoyable, and more convenient with my picks for the top ten computer accessories for Web searchers. These are items that will enhance your Web search experience in some tangible way - by improving your connectivity to other people, streamlining your searches, guarding your computer from online viruses, and more. NOTE: this list was last updated in 2008; this page is now deprecated. Please visit About Web Search for all the latest Web search and Internet information.
The Easy Touch Web Camera is simple to set up and get going; within minutes you'll be broadcasting yourself on the Web to family and friends.
A headset with a microphone makes it simple for you to chat with other people on the Web while you're browsing (for instance, if you're a Skype user).
Protect your Web searching privacy in public with a privacy screen that uses tiny vertical blinds on the surface of the screen; these narrow the viewing angle so data is only visible directly in front of the monitor up to 45 degrees away from the center of the screen. People who look at your computer will only see a blurry screen when they try to see what you're doing.
If you've ever lost power in the middle of a Web session - with all your work unsaved - then you know how frustrating this can be. This item gives you plenty of advance time for you to save open files and safely power down your system (an average of eleven minutes!) so that you don't lose anything valuable.
This device makes it possible for you to enjoy your favorite videos, music and photos stored on your PC on your TV, plus, you can choose from over 200 commercial-free Web radio stations, access your e-mail, and browse the Web - all on your television screen.
9. Net Nanny
Every parent wants to protect their children, and the Web, while a wonderful place, can pose some unique dangers to kids who aren't aware of the safety issues. A parental Web filter limits what sites kids can surf to, and helps enforce parents' ideas of what level of Web access is appropriate for their children (for more on Web search safety, read A Practical Guide to Kids Safety Online).